Wisdom Teeth? To Have or Have Not

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0,0

Researchers suggest that individuals could be better off if their wisdom teeth, or third molars, did not develop, according to a recent article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. These teeth may have served a purpose in prehistoric humans. Yet, defining a useful purpose for third molars over the past century has become more difficult?especially because so many people experience pain and disease as a result of the teeth themselves or from having them extracted. According to the article, 65% of 20-year-olds have at least 1 impacted third molar. In addition, wisdom teeth that do come in are frequently out of position, making them difficult to clean.